St. Thomas University’s Official Student Paper
November 1, 2011 - Volume 76 Issue 7
Remembering professor John McKendy
Three years later, McKendy’s friends and students continue to keep his memory alive Karissa Donkin The Aquinian
From far away, it looks like another bench, one of many scattered across the St. Thomas University campus. But this bench, on the left hand side of the Brian Mulroney Hall main entrance, is different. The first thing you notice is the beautiful woodwork, all completed without nails. It was built as a place of reflection, a place to get away from the daily pace. And if you look closely, the bench has a small circular plaque. It reads: “John McKendy. Teacher. Scholar. Friend.” It’s a small and subtle reminder of John’s impact on the STU campus, but it’s not the only reminder. On Oct. 31, 2008, John was killed at his home in Douglas at the age of 59. His death shook the STU campus and left many wondering how such a peaceful man could meet such a terrible end. Three years later, his colleagues, students and friends have found a way to look past his violent end and focus on his life. Chris grew up in a violent home, abused early in life by his adoptive
John McKendy, former sociology professor at St. Thomas University and pictured far left, was killed on Oct. 31, 2008 by his daughter’s husband in his home in Douglas. Three years later, staff and students reflect on the legacy John has left behind. “He had a pretty profound impact on my life,” said friend and STU professor Stephen Pidwysocky. (Submitted) mother. Stitches and broken bones were the norm. He remembers being locked away in closets as a kid, but he doesn’t blame the outcome of his life on what happened to him as a child.
When he met John, Chris was seven years into a 19-year sentence for raping one woman at gunpoint and stabbing another. Their worlds couldn’t have been more different.
John grew up in Bathurst with what friend and STU professor Stephen Pidwysocky says was a supportive family. He always spoke of his father, Arthur, and mother, Bernadette. “He saw himself as somehow in a way
privileged and he wanted to understand people who had not had that kind of familial support as he had,” Pidwysocky said. SEE FRIENDS ON PAGE 4
Residence reputation: In the eye of the beholder Current and former residents mixed about the state of Harrington Hall’s famed reputation Stephanie Kelly The Aquinian
Some say party, others say spirit. But one thing Harrington Hall doesn’t lack is reputation. And it didn’t take long for the house’s reputation to be called into question this year, after a fight broke out in a second floor lounge on Oct. 15. It was Harrington’s first house party of the year. Former house president Bobby
Gaudet said Harrington’s reputation varies on who you talk to, but past and present “Raiders” know the house best. “If you ask someone who’s never lived in Harrington and someone who has been part of the Harrington community, their views on the reputation are very different.” Bea Grigsby is a Harrington Raider and said the residence doesn’t always have a positive image within the St. Thomas
University community. “I do think Harrington has a bad reputation. Well, maybe not a bad reputation but a reputation of being a party house.” The residence has had its issues over the years in addition to last month’s party. In 2009, a male resident under the influence of alcohol broke two window panes and punctured several walls and ceiling tiles with his fist. That same year, a student fell
out of a second storey window during a game of sticker tag. University of New Brunswick student Jonathan Daley was at the Oct. 15 party and says both he and his girlfriend were punched in the face. At 10:30 p.m., the party ended and students were sent back to their rooms. Daley was a signed-in guest and this wasn’t the first Harrington party he has attended. Little can be done to prevent
incidents like this, he said. “It really comes down to the individual person who does something like this. More emphasis should be on people being reasonable, rather than irrational,” he said. Residence manager Clayton Beaton said events like these are rare in STU residences and that the number of reports are lower than this time last year. SEE HOUSE ON PAGE 3
From the Editor
When rumour becomes story
When I was a resident in Harrington Hall, every Friday night I’d pour myself a rum and coke, a bowl of chips and wail away on my electric guitar. Believe it or not, my wing rep deemed me “most likely to form a garage band in her dorm room,” cranking the lead riffs to songs like “Let Me Roll It” and “Interstate Love Song.” It wasn’t always easy to shut myself away in a residence where everyone else was getting ready for the sticky, messy night ahead that would lead to a massive hangover-ready breakfast at the omelette station in the caf. Classes end early on Fridays and Harrington took full advantage of that; doors were propped open, music blared and homework never got done.
Buckets, anyone? *** Like most close-knit communities, rumours spread quickly in Harrington. Who fell asleep while having sex with whom? He did what in the shower on the first floor? What substances can I find on the couches in the thirdfloor lounge? And rumours especially spread when things get bad, like after Harrington’s first party a couple weeks ago. There was a fight and the news hit campus fast. The details? You tell me. It was an isolated event between two people; it was a cat fight between two girls; it was an eight-on-eight brawl; there was blood all over the second-floor lounge. That’s exactly where The Aquinian
comes in. As journalists – and especially as journalists of a student newspaper – it’s our job to bring rumours to rest for our readers. We knew people would be interested in the Harrington fight story. We needed eyewitnesses to give us the details, something much harder to find than you’d think. A story like “Fight ends Harrington party,” which appeared on the front page of last week’s edition of The Aquinian, is bound to place Harrington in a bad light. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get anyone to confirm what happened. But just because people wouldn’t talk doesn’t mean we didn’t have a story. *** That front-pager ended up having a phenomenal response, though mostly negative. Some people thought the article purposely slandered Harrington Hall. Others called it incomplete because
we didn’t actually say what happened that night. And they’re right. We didn’t have the eyewitnesses and fights make Harrington look bad. But the truth is, a story like this gets people to pick up our paper. Yes, we want that. But we also want to air out what’s a real issue, something that needs to be discussed by more than a few people behind closed doors. The article was not intended to single out Harrington Hall. If it had happened in any residence, we would have pursued the story. But no one can deny that Harrington is the on-campus party house. And while we commend efforts to revamp the residence’s reputation as students explained in their letters to the editor (see Page 10), that doesn’t mean we can ignore what happens when it’s newsworthy. So we asked ourselves: Why did this fight happen at a residence at St. Thomas?
We ask questions, promote discussion and let readers pass judgment – for better or worse. After all, discussion has to start somewhere. *** I spent two years in Harrington Hall. Same room, same roommate. Actually, there are a few of us here at The Aquinian that spent at least two years in Harrington. And there’s a reason for that. Those Friday nights I spent in Harrington Hall allowed me to air out my individuality more than any other time in my life. Not only was I myself, but I was encouraged to be just that. It was great. And it continues to be great and I owe a lot of it to that residence, the place I called home for my first years at university. Was Harrington loud? Yes. Dirty? A little. Bear a “bad reputation?” Kind of. But what can I say, once a Raider, always a Raider.
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House president wants to promote the residence’s positives CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
He also said residence life takes extra precautions for certain events. “Every weekend there is a residence life office staff member as well as one of our six residence coordinators on call. UNB Security and Campus Police are also notified of house events before they take place.”
Incidents like the fight are often isolated and get blown out of proportion, Gaudet said. “I don’t think the overexposure of what happened helps. It drives home the negative aspect of what a residence can be.” Current house president Caitlin Doiron said even though Harrington
has a strong sense of pride and community, there is always room for improvement. “Something can always be changed for the better,” she said. “I don’t necessarily think that Harrington had a bad reputation, but I think that now it’s getting better.” Doiron’s vision is to promote a
more positive side of Harrington that shows how involved residents are both on and off campus. “People are always going to focus on the negative and now we just have to show them the good things.” Doiron also said every residence is known for something and Harrington shouldn’t be seen in a
negative light. “You hear things about Chatham, you hear things about Vanier, you hear things about Rigby, about Holy Cross. “You’re going to hear bad and good things about any place you go.” With files from MacKenzie Riley.
UNB looking into universal bus pass Fredericton Transit manager says more students on buses could mean more services Shane Fowler The Aquinian
Slide over St. Thomas, the University of New Brunswick wants to give its 8,246 students a chance to sit next to you on the bus. The campus is trying to put together a universal bus pass proposal that will allow its undergraduate students access to Fredericton’s transit system year-round. UNB’s student union approved a motion on Sunday to start negotiating with Fredericton Transit about the pass. If the student union is able to negotiate a better deal than they’ve been offered in the past, UNBSU vice-president external Joey O’Kane said students could vote on a deal this spring in a referendum. And if the undergraduate students vote “yes” in the proposal this coming spring, the bus system would see an increase of students that could easily dwarf STU’s presence. “We would have to potentially expand three times the size we are now,” said Fredericton Transit manager Sandy MacNeill. “When STU came on board we had to increase the service. For UNB we’d have to go that much bigger.” While an influx of people coming
from UNB could have a large impact on St. Thomas students, STU students’ union president Mark Livingstone hopes the neighbouring campus will finally take full advantage of the public transportation. “They’ll absolutely find it worth their while,” said Livingstone. “It’s proven valuable for us here and I encourage them to finally vote it in.” Livingstone said a universal bus pass at UNB wouldn’t affect STU’s contract with Fredericton Transit. “The city is committed to us here... it’s a good price for our service and we’re signed up for at least another year or two.” Although the city hasn’t been officially contacted yet about a new deal - MacNeill was interviewed before Sunday’s motion passed - if one is approved, MacNeill said to expect more routes, more times, as well as other additions STU students will benefit from. “We’re looking at Wi-Fi service on our vehicles...and Sunday services are something we could look at. We would consider just about anything if it made sense,” MacNeill said. In 2004, both STU and UNB sent students to the polls to vote on adopting a universal bus pass. STU students agreed to pay $75 each for everyone to have a universal
There could be more students at this stop if UNB undergraduates adopt a universal bus pass. (Cara Smith/AQ) pass. UNB disagreed, voting it down, and has tried to rework the idea several times since then. UNB has tried to get a universal bus pass for its students since 1983. Each time the proposal was rejected, often because every student would have had to pay the fee whether they used the service or not. The exception has been UNB’s 986 graduate students, who adopted a
universal bus pass plan in 2009. For $100, they have unlimited access to Fredericton Transit, with an opt-out option for students living outside the Fredericton region. The most recent vote for UNB undergraduates was in 2009, when the pass was rejected by a vote of 955 to 908. “I’m not going to bring forward the same deal again,” O’Kane said in
response to past failed attempts. Livingstone speculated that UNB is shaping the latest deal to include an opt-out option in their proposal, so those who don’t need the pass wouldn’t have to pay for it. “If that’s true, it’s something we could look at ourselves later on down the road when our contract expires. Our’s right now is the best proposal that meets the concern of our people.”
Actions speak louder than words
I came out in the middle of debates around legalizing same-sex marriage in Canada. There were no shortage of Conservative MP’s spewing homophobic rhetoric and opposing samesex marriage legislation. So, I found it a bit odd that a group of Conservative politicians and staffers put together an “It gets better” video a couple of weeks ago. The video came after gay Ottawa teen Jamie Hubley took his own life after years of bullying. Dan Savage started the “It gets
better” project in September 2010, as a response to bullying and high suicide rates of LGBTQ youth. According to the “It gets better” website, the goal of the project is “to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years.” While the original goal of the project was for openly gay, happy and successful adults to show young people going through a tough time that life can get better, many straight
celebrities and politicians have participated in the project. And if it was only straight politicians participating, I would look past the absence of any openly gay MP’s or senators in the video. But, as Rick Mercer said in his latest rant – it’s time for gay adults – including gay cabinet ministers – to step up to the plate (feel free to google gay Conservative cabinet minister). The overwhelming majority of MP’s in the video voted in favour of re-opening the debate on same-sex marriage in 2006 and against the Trans Rights Bill, which would add gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds for discrimination in Canada’s Human Rights Act. In 2004, Vic Toews said the bill to add sexual orientation to hate crime
legislation “puts the jackboot of fascism on the necks of our people.” Toews voted against legalizing same-sex marriage, in favour of reopening the debate in 2006 and against the Trans Rights Bill. His voting record makes it pretty clear that while he may talk about how it gets better, the only thing he has ever done is make it worse. David Sweet, while not elected until 2006, has since voted in favour of reopening the debate on same sex marriage and against the Trans Rights Bill. Sweet was also quoted as calling homosexuality a sin in a 2002 interview. So, again, if Sweet has done anything for LGBT youth, he has only made things worse. The most obvious exception to this trend is John Baird, who, to his credit,
has never supported anti-gay legislation. He voted against re-opening the debate on same-sex marriage in 2006 and in favour of the Trans Rights Bill. It’s possible that many of the Conservative MP’s who have previously supported legislation that makes the lives of LGBTQ youth worse were genuinely touched by Hubley’s suicide and have had a change of heart. Both Hedy Fry (Liberal) and Randall Garrison (NDP) are reintroducing the Trans Rights Bill championed by former NDP MP Bill Siskay that passed the House of Commons last spring, but failed to reach the senate before May’s election. Unless every Conservative politician who participated in the video votes in favour of it this time around, calling them hypocrites is fair game.
Friends envision a John McKendy Peace Centre someday CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
John’s thirst to understand others started at St. Francis Xavier University in the late 1960s. He started teaching sociology at STU in 1979 and from then on, he encouraged his students to apply what they learned in the classroom to their communities. Although he came from a Catholic background, John embraced Quakerism, a peaceful religious group where people live simply without the focus of acquiring material wealth. John’s involvement in the Quaker community led him to run Alternatives to Violence workshops at Dorchester Penitentiary, a medium-security prison, beginning in the early 1990s. The workshops involved John going into the prison and counselling men involved in domestic violence. “He saw people in prison essentially as political prisoners, people caught up in the inequality of society,” said Sylvia Hale, a STU sociology professor who was friends with John. “The deal was that John wouldn’t go in as an outside observer, but he would come as a member of the group.” Hale remembers John talking about the shock of realizing the men aren’t monsters just because they’ve done awful things. “You’re sitting with them and they’re ordinary guys,” she said. John went to Dorchester about twice a year and sometimes took his mother Bernadette along with him, even when she was in her late 70s. Toward the end of his life, he dedicated his time to compiling narratives of the life stories of some of the men he met from Dorchester. One of these men was Chris, whose life is documented in John’s last publication: “I’m very careful about that”: narrative and agency of men in prison. “(He) tried to communicate what kind of people these are, how they came to do what they did in their world. To understand that, you’ve got to see how that whole structure of power and inequality works,” Hale said. “That’s basically what his life’s work was.” The summer before he died, John traveled to Burundi through the African Great Lakes Initiative, a Quaker group.
It was his second summer in the poor nation, where he was helping build an AIDS clinic and doing healing work with people after the civil war. John’s job was to try and get people to work together, some who were on opposite sides of the civil war and some who may have had family members murdered during the conflict. “I remember him telling me it was a huge culture shock leaving Canada, where...many of us have a lot of stuff,” Pidwysocky said. “Ending up in Burundi, which is one of the poorest countries on the face of the earth, [he tried] to come to terms with that. “When he came back to New Brunswick, he had to process everything again.” *** Mary-Dan Johnston enjoyed her first year at STU, but she found herself wanting something more. After being in John’s first-year Justice and Globalization Aquinas class, Johnston felt the need to go beyond the classroom to apply what John taught her. For John’s portion of the Aquinas class, which is typically taught by three professors from three different disciplines, he created prompts to guide discussion. “John’s prompts were so detailed and they would quote my classmates, what they had said last time. It was amazing. “He was writing the textbook for the class as we were going through it.” By the end of the year, at John’s encouragement, Johnston decided to spend her second year of university at a L’Arche community in Cape Breton, working with people with developmental disabilities. At the same time, she communicated back and forth with John, who was advising her on an interdisciplinary honours in changing models of community. “My year at L’Arche and my subsequent relationship with the community really had a huge impact on my life. I really wouldn’t have gone if it weren’t for his support.” *** Outside of the classroom, John spent much of his time running and hiking. He used to run with the Fredericton
Roadrunners, but stopped and felt like he was out of shape. That’s when he asked Pidwysocky, who had never ran in his life, to be his running buddy. After a while, the two ran from the Lady Beaverbrook Gym to the Northside. It wasn’t uncommon for them to run for more than an hour, even in the winter. Running was a stress relief for John, but it was also a chance for him to talk to Pidwysocky about the things that mattered to him most. “We would just talk about life and how to be better people and things like that.” *** Oct. 31, 2008, was one of those deceiving late autumn days. The sun shined brightly, but the wind sent a chill throughout your body the second you stepped outside. Earlier that month, Johnston stopped receiving emails from John. “Unfortunately, when things started to get pretty complicated with his family, I stopped hearing from him.” During that time, John had been filled with anxiety and worry, Hale said. A dedicated father to his two daughters, Laura and Colleen, John was thrilled when Laura got married. But only months into the marriage, it was clear things weren’t working out. “His daughter moved back home with her dad. I’m pretty sure he felt as long as she’s with me, she’s safe,” Hale said. But during that time, Nicholas Wade Baker, Laura’s husband, got more and more extreme with his threats. Police were alerted, but according to Hale, the threats weren’t taken seriously. “They said until he actually does anything [they can’t arrest him]...of course, he ended up finding her.” Later, police would conduct an inquiry on why the threats weren’t examined closer - an inquiry that still hasn’t convinced Hale that police take domestic
John McKendy poses with a child from Burundi. He traveled to the African nation for two summers to help build an AIDS clinic. (Submitted) violence seriously. Two days before Halloween, Pidwysocky met John in a classroom in George Martin Hall. He could tell something was wrong with John. “I remember coming in to teach this course and he very briefly telling me that things were not okay, that there was this domestic issue going on, that he really
is the most fitting memorial. Three years later, she credits John for helping her become the person she is today. “He led me towards a path that really changed my life. There’s no way that I’d be studying what I’m studying today or would have done the things that I’ve done since his death if it weren’t for his influence and his encouragement.” Sitting on John’s bench, you can see a small pole further ahead in the upper courtyard. Last month, the pole was erected in honour of World Peace Day, with a ceremony that paid tribute to John. Since his death, a group of John’s colleagues and friends have created a peace studies program at STU. This year is the first year for the introductory peace studies course, which is taught by Pidwysocky. “I always try to remind them that while I am the instructor, I’m in many ways led by John. I’m a strong believer in the idea that one can be led by people who are no longer alive,” he said. “I have a lot of positive experiences where John McKendy is concerned. He had a pretty profound impact on my life. Because of that, even though he’s no longer here, that just doesn’t disappear and go away.” Someday, Pidwysocky would like to see a “John McKendy Peace Centre” to keep John’s research and spirit alive long past the third anniversary of his death. If that happens, on that day, Pidwysocky will think back to John, as he does every time something is dedicated in his honour. “Each time there’s something new that happens that’s somehow connected with John or named after John, I think to myself, oh my God, he’d be flabbergasted that so many people were paying attention to his work and his life and what he did. “I think he’d be happy, but he’d also be like, ‘Woah, how did this happen?’”
“He led me towards a path that really changed my life. There’s no way that I’d be studying what I’m studying today or would have done the things that I’ve done since his death if it weren’t for his influence and his encouragement.” - Mary-Dan Johnston
John McKendy teaches the Aquinas Justice and Globalization class that Mary-Dan Johnston took in 2007. (Submitted)
didn’t know quite what to do. “Almost sort of in effect that he needed time to think about it and to process what was going on.” That night, Pidwysocky emailed John and told him to contact him if he needed anything. That chilly Halloween day, Baker found John and his daughter and killed John. “I’m sure John thought he could protect her. As long as he was with her, he thought nothing could happen and he was wrong,” Hale said. On Halloween, Pidwysocky was standing outside Brian Mulroney Hall after lunch when he heard the news. Instead of handing out candy, he spent the night with other Quakers inside a house, with a bowl of candy on the step for trick-ortreaters to help themselves. A day later, Baker was found dead in Moncton of an apparent suicide. “One of the regrets I have is that I probably should have called him,” Pidwysocky said. “But...in hindsight looking back on this three years now, I really had no experience with whatever happened and I just was not prepared myself to understand really what to do.” *** In Johnston’s mind, the subtle ode to John on the Brian Mulroney Hall bench
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Hungry for local food Survey says 90 per cent of students want more local options on campus Stephanie Kelly The Aquinian
A recent survey by Students for Sustainability is giving the university some food for thought. St. Thomas University joined campuses across the country in a survey last month for World Food Day. One hundred STU students answered a set of questions about food issues on and off campus. When asked about local food, 90 per cent of STU students said they wanted to see more options at the cafeteria. Students for Sustainability is a group that promotes sustainable living, whether it be riding a bike or reusing a coffee mug. They partnered with Oxfam Canada for a new campaign called GROW, which aims to spark discussion on how we grow, eat, buy and sell food. Kyla Tanner is a member of Students for Sustainability and is the sustainable lifestyles coordinator for the St. Thomas University students’ union. She said she was surprised with the results of the survey. “The feedback was that students are interested in local food, but don’t know a whole lot about it,” she said. Aramark supplies food for the university’s cafeterias both on campus and at
the Forest Hill residences. Wyn Gruffydd is the district manager for Aramark and said about one quarter of the food offered is local. “As long as it’s from the Maritimes, it’s local,” he said. All milk and potato products are locally purchased, which are the cafeteria’s two top sellers. Eggs are also local and most produce is too, including broccoli, carrots and onions, depending on the season. Katie Hill is a first-year student in Vanier Hall. She grew up in Miramichi and says it’s important to think locally when choosing your dinner. “I think it’s really good to support local farming and food and it helps support the province.” Hill said Aramark should let students know what local options are available on campus. “I think that’s definitely a good start and I’m sure there’s always room to grow, but I think maybe if they make it more aware of what they’re doing, because I don’t think anyone really knows.” In Truro, N.S., where second-year STU student Katie Cameron is from, three businesses closed last month because of big box stories coming to town. “If you can get your food close, rather than having to have it sent, which... costs more and takes more resources
Most produce in the STU cafeterias comes from local sources. (Cara Smith/AQ) and doesn’t support the local farmers…it makes people appreciate what you have close to home.” The school has taken positive first steps toward going local, but Cameron said it would be great for the university to grow some of its own food in a garden. Of the students surveyed, nearly 30 per cent said they relied on the STU cafeterias for every meal. When asked what factor they consider most when deciding what to eat, 27 per cent said they choose healthy choices, 21 per cent said taste and only five per cent said where and when it was produced.
Acadian Lines talks break down
The bus line could strike on Nov. 21 if parties don’t reach agreement
Talking about land Native Awareness Days begin today
Talks between Acadian Lines and the union representing the bus line’s drivers, maintenance workers, customer service representatives and mechanics have broken down. The 59 workers, who have been without a contract since Dec. 31, voted 98 per cent in favour of going on strike last month. They could be in legal strike position as early as Nov. 21. The talks broke down on Friday afternoon when Acadian Lines walked away from negotiations, said Glen Carr. Carr is president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1229 in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, which represents the workers. “We were negotiating and the conciliator came back with an offer and we sent one back to them and then they walked out,” Carr said. Acadian Lines couldn’t be reached this weekend to comment on the negotiations. Last month, Denise Sirios, a spokeswoman for Acadian Lines, said services would be interrupted if the workers go on strike. She said the bus line doesn’t have a plan in place to keep service going if that happens, adding that Acadian Lines was trying to be optimistic about reaching a deal with the union. “Obviously the service will be disturbed but we don’t have any plan at this point,” she said at the time.
By the end of this month, Shaunessy McKay is hoping the St. Thomas University community will have a better understanding of native land issues. November is Native Awareness Days at STU and McKay, the native student council’s president, has designed a series of events centred around land. Called “Our home on native land,” the events include lectures by STU professors D’Arcy Vermette and Roland Chrisjohn, CBC journalist Maureen Matthews, Passamaquoddy Tribe Chief Hugh Akagi, as well as opening and closing potlucks. Land issues aren’t often discussed in a classroom setting, but McKay wants to change this. “I’d like to bring [land issues] out because [they don’t] seem to resonate as well.” Chrisjohn, who teaches in the native studies department, said understanding First Nations issues are central to understanding how the world works. He’ll give a lecture on Nov. 15 about how native issues fit into a world of unbridled capitalism. “What does Canada or the U.S. really have to do about settling outstanding issues with native people?” Chrisjohn said. “We know for a fact that Canada admits that it’s preparing a one-size fits all generic resolution to native disputes from one end of Canada to the other.” Chrisjohn will argue that the Harper government isn’t prepared to offer
Acadian Lines service could be interrupted as of Nov. 21 if the company doesn’t reach a deal with the union. (Tom Bateman/AQ) “We’re really working to come to an agreement with our employees.” Issues the two sides are grappling over include pensions, wages, hours of work and job security. The union doesn’t want to strike, but time is running out to negotiate a deal, Carr said. “It’s a short window. If the company’s not willing to move now and sit at the table to negotiate, that window gets shorter. The clock is ticking.” He said the union is dragging negotiations out until the 11th hour, similar to past negotiations in 2008. The union nearly went on strike then
over the same issues, but reached a deal with Acadian Lines at the last minute. Carr said he understands a strike would affect students who rely on the bus lines to travel home. “The last thing that our union wants to do is going on strike,” he said. “We don’t want any disruption to students or the travelling public.” A bus driver himself, Carr drives the bus back and forth from Moncton to Rivièredu-Loup, Que. “We’re the front line for this company. We try our very best. “We want to continue that. But it’s pretty hard to talk to ourselves.”
compensation to First Nations people. “The government’s already of the position that the crimes they’re guilty of, they’re not guilty of. “Can we expect that the era of unbridled capitalism has softened [politicians’] hearts?” Native Awareness Days begins today with an opening potluck at 4 p.m. in the Holy Cross conference room. Here, anyone can bring food and discuss what’s ahead during Native Awareness Days. It continues Wednesday with a lecture by STU professor D’Arcy Vermette on an announced subject at 4 p.m. in the Holy Cross conference room. In the past, Native Awareness Days has been bunched into one week, but the native student council decided it would be easier to organize and it would be better attended if spread out into a month, McKay said. “It’s always been really compact and really kind of hectic. It’s a hard time getting peoples’ schedules put together. “I found it a lot better to spread it out so we don’t have to worry about every single person right away.” By having speakers from different disciplines, McKay hopes to draw people studying a variety of subjects to the events. “[Native Awareness Days] brings light to a lot of the issues that don’t necessarily get publicity. “It brings a lot of different people to campus and it unites people and it gets people talking about these things.”
Theatre UNB presents Stephen Belber’s Tape @ Memorial Hall, Nov. 2-5, 8 p.m., regular admission $10, student admission $6
Where’s the heavy metal, Freddy?
STU Chess Club @ The HCH Conference Room, Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Playhouse: James Hill, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m., Regular - $26, Under 19 - $13, Member - $22 Jean-Michel Anctil, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m., Regular - $45, Under 19 $22.50, Member - $42 Africville Stories, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., Regular - $32, Under 19 - $16, Member - $27
Gallery: Strength @ The Charlotte Street Arts Centre, opening reception Nov. 4 from 5 - 7 p.m. with live music by Richard Gloade, Esq. The exhibit runs until Dec. 15. Fredericton Art Club 75th Anniversary exhibition @ Government House, Nov. 7 - Dec. 2, weekdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Terry Graff, curator of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, will speak on Art Appreciation at Government House on Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. Paul Healy’s Paintings, Print and Sculpture @ Gallery 78, Nov. 4-27 Lenka Novakova’s Rivers and Skies @ Gallery Connexion, runs until Dec. 1 Gallery Connexion’s Annex Gallery presents Learning to Fly by Erica Sullivan and Monster Costume by Maggie Estey @ The Playhouse, runs until Nov. 27
Film: Cinema Politica Fredericton: “Ammo for the Info Warrior” @ Conserver House, 180 John St., 7 - 9 p.m.
Music: Comedy Night @ Wilser’s Room, Nov. 3, 8 p.m., suggested donation of $5 AQ Band Night @ The Cellar, 10 p.m., $5 suggested donation The Belle Comedians w/ Coyote and Brydon Crain @ The Capital, Nov. 4, doors at 9:30 p.m., $5 IPN with Bones @ The Capital, Nov. 5, 9:30 p.m., $5
Metalhead Rob Johnson says there isn’t much going on in the Fredericton metal scene. (Julia Whalen/AQ)
While some say Fredericton’s metal scene is improving, others are wondering where the bands are Matt Tidcombe The Aquinian
The pummeling riffs and heartpounding double bass continue to struggle to keep heavy metal relevant in today’s society. Whether metalheads want to admit it or not, heavy metal is a genre that has been struggling for the last decade - and the City of Fredericton is no exception to the not-so-popular sound. The city’s metal scene is trying to remain intact. Questions have surfaced about whether the metal scene in the city is getting stronger, or whether it’s
suffering the same fate as it has been around the globe. “I think it’s pretty good here actually and getting stronger,” said She Roars! drummer Kyle Clark via email. Rob Johnson, however, a life-long metalhead, feels the metal scene in Fredericton is pretty grim. “I’ve been living in Fredericton for three years now and there really isn’t much going on I would say.” In a generation popularized by rap and dance music, metal continues to dwell at the bottom of the circle pit, getting knocked down on a regular basis. It
clings to survival as it gets resuscitated from its death bed, only to be driven into the darkness below once again. It’s rare for established bands to come through the city, with most preferring to play in Moncton if they even make it into Atlantic Canada. Big-name bands like Killswitch Engage and Machine Head are not expected to come to a small city like Fredericton because, as Clark said, “when a band reaches a certain level they have a management team, which books for them and they will book what the best opportunities are for them… and they focus on certain
cities to draw in the biggest crowd from all nearby areas.” Johnson agrees, saying that Moncton is the hot bed of New Brunswick’s metal scene right now. Questions of Fredericton’s suitability for metal shows have been debated regularly with many feeling there is no suitable venue. “It’d be nice to see a greater number of venues available to these types of shows, which of course would require a responsible group of mature people who know the scene to organize, run and manage the shows,” Clark said. He acknowledges that metal’s loud nature turns people away from offering bands greater exposure in Fredericton. One thing the city is doing to keep the metal scene relevant is hosting events like Metal Monday at the Capital Complex, which has seen an increase in popularity over recent months. Despite this, the lack of advertising has been a persistent issue. “They could do a hell of a lot better job at promoting,” Johnson said. Without the necessary management to advertise shows in the area, metalheads are left unaware that shows are taking place. “Even when there is a band that comes here you don’t even know that they were here until they left. “I missed a few concerts because I had no idea these bands were coming,” Johnson said. To keep the metal scene alive in Fredericton, Clark has a simple idea for the city’s metalheads: attend the shows. “All they need to do is support the bands they love by going to the shows so that they will want to return.”
with Megan MacKay, standup comedian in Comedy Night at Wilser’s Room
the The Aquinian
Tell me about Comedy Night.
It started in June. A guy named Matt Caldwell put up a bunch of posters downtown being like, “I want to put together a comedy night at the Capital.” He talked to [Capital Complex booking agent] Zach Atkinson about it and Zach was totally down. So the first night we did it we had a few established comics like Lloyd Ravn and Cory Hartlen. I performed because I just happened to come across a poster and I had been writing material in my head just bopping around town. People kept coming up to us afterwards being like, “How do we get this started? How do we get involved?” Since then it’s grown to a roster of over 20 comedians that perform once a month in Wilser’s Room. It starts at 8 p.m. and there’s a $5 suggested donation. We all draw straws to figure out who goes in what order. There’s no real bill, nobody’s weighted any more than anyone else really. Usually people with more experience get more time up onstage, but that’s about it.
What’s the funniest thing that has really grab my attention and the ones howling with laughter. Afterwards we all happened so far? that I find the most hilarious are the sto- went outside... and he was just sitting I’ll just tell you about the worst experience I had. I was hosting - and I suck at hosting because I can’t cut my material down into smaller chunks - and I had gotten so nervous that I was fairly intoxicated about three quarters of the way through. I go up onstage, I do a joke, forget the punch line, I bomb it, and I just end up going, “All right, everybody, why don’t you join me and we’ll all die alone!” And there’s silence and a girl in the back goes, “Awwww!” I walk offstage and this guy taps me on the shoulder and goes, “Hey, can I get a Moose Light?” And I go, “I don’t work here.” It was so awful.
How similar is stand-up comedy to the opening of Seinfeld? I would say comedy has evolved from a place where it’s less about, “Hey you know what’s weird? This.” There’s still some comics who perform like that, I mean, the one-liners will always be there. The guys who are like, “My wife’s vagina is soooooo unfriendly to me!” Like, I hate stuff like that. But there are still people who do that. The ones that
rytellers – people who can really laugh at themselves and who also can draw your attention to something that is timeless. B.J. Worthy has a joke about how she keeps a package of ketchup in her wallet instead of a condom these days, which I think is so funny. And it’s timeless, right? Everyone can relate to that, not getting laid and being in love with poutine.
there like, so sad. He said he didn’t think it went very well and we said, “Buddy, you were amazing! How do you not even know that?” And he said it was just a part of it. The self-hatred is just a part of it. Like, oh, that’s good to know. Catch the next Comedy Night at Wilser’s Room on Thursday at 8 p.m.
How do you recover when a joke bombs? Every single time I perform I walk offstage and I hate myself. For like, 10 minutes, just being like, “I was the dumbest thing ever!” [From the stage] you can’t see anyone’s faces other than the front row and you can’t really hear if people are laughing. Actually, a guy named Nick Beaton came through in the summer and a couple of us got to open for him and he was hilarious. If you’re ever going to throw your own comedy show and you don’t want to pay your performers, you should definitely pay them in drinks and then have them sit in the back and be your own personal laugh track. We were
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When childhood dreams come true
David Cheney and Sam Kamras star in Ryan O’Toole’s That Cowboy Kid, premiering Friday at 9 p.m. as part of the NB Film Co-op’s Silver Wave Music Festival. (Photo by Mohd Asif)
As Sam Kamras found out, making your film debut at the Silver Wave Film Festival can be both rewarding and nerve-wracking Sam Kamras The Aquinian
When I was 12, I was part of the group of kids that was determined to make a movie and submit it to a film festival. That dream fell flat when we realized that yes, we can hit record and act in front of a camera, but then what? So we just let it go. Then out of the blue, Ryan O’Toole asked me to be in his film about a cowboy and his crush. It was a film he was going to submit to the Silver Wave Film Festival. I found I wasn’t as keen as I used to be.
Having grown up, I’ve come to realize that film is a terrifying medium. Whatever you do, however you act, there’s simply no going back. I’ve done a bit of theatre and have found that it’s an exciting thing because you can change your performance. Whether it be from night to night or realizing that your first scene wasn’t great and you have to kick it up to hook your audience, it’s always fresh. That’s what I love about the stage. It’s never the same performance twice. But film? I couldn’t help but think of all of the New Brunswick writers,
directors, producers and actors who would see me projected on a screen and there wouldn’t be any adjustments I could make while reading their reactions. I’d just have to sit in the audience and watch everyone else watch me. But I said yes. I trusted Ryan’s creativity enough that I had faith in the project. Then I read the monologue he had written for me and any hesitation I had just melted away. It’s hard to say what motivates you as an actor on stage. At its simplest, it’s enthusiasm. When you find something in your character
that you can connect with or when you pick up on the one detail that puts the whole script into perspective, you fall in love. This monologue had me realize that film was exactly the same. In a two-minute scene I came to understand the entire movie. I understood why a boy might want to dress up as a cowboy and why a girl might be intrigued by him. The awkward love story came into perspective. With no fear, there’s only fun left. What’s a film shoot like? It’s long. Picture jumping on a trampoline for an hour. Sounds like a good time, right? Add unbearable heat, collapsing trampoline legs that elicits genuine screaming, trying to keep my skirt from flying up in front of a camera and constant starting and stopping to the words “action!” and “cut!” It was exhausting, yes, but at the end of the day I felt 12 years old again. The dream I had given up on was coming true. It took one weekend and a few hours here and there to make a 20-minute film. I’ve only seen the rough cut. This Friday at 9 p.m. I get to watch the final product with everyone else who will have bought a ticket. When I think of it in those terms, I’m so anxious. But when I put myself in my 12-year-old, size five shoes, I can’t help but smile. Kamras stars in That Cowboy Kid, directed by Ryan O’Toole. It premieres Friday at 9 p.m. at Le Centre communautaire, Sainte-Anne Theatre.
Sam Kamras. (Photo by Mohd Asif) The NB Silver Wave Film Festival (SWFF) is an annual event created by the NB Film Co-op staff and board. The festival is in its 11th year of screening feature films, documentaries and short films shot in New Brunswick and produced by NB filmmakers. It also showcases films and videos from Canada and the rest of the world. The festival runs from Nov. 3-6 at various venues and social locations. Festival passes are $20 for students and can be purchased at the NB Film Co-op at 732 Charlotte Street. To see the full schedule, check out swfilmfest.com.
The balancing act of a student director
UNB student Ryan O’Toole presents directorial debut this week with Theatre UNB’s production of Stephen Belber’s Tape Cedric Noël The Aquinian
It’s theatre season at the University of New Brunswick and one of its students has been creating a buzz surrounding his directing debut. Third-year Ryan O’Toole is directing his first full-length play, Stephen Belber’s Tape, this week. “Its the first play I’ve ever directed - well, the first play longer than 15 minutes,” said O’Toole. He said he’s acted in numerous plays, but his true passion lies in directing. O’Toole is pursuing a multimedia studies major with a minor in theatre at UNB and is doing the play as part of his minor. There were four positions to fill for the play, like stage manager and technical director, but he said he really wanted to give directing a try. “It’s challenging but really rewarding at the same time.” O’Toole admits that directing a play is more time consuming than your usual school assignment, but said there’s no real way to get around the long hours. “I don’t really have any strategies with balancing that stuff. I guess I just tough it
out. There were a fair number of late nights where I’d come home from rehearsal at maybe 11 or so and I’d still have a few hours of school work to do. So, I’d just do it.” O’Toole wasn’t really interested in theatre he was younger. It was only after having drama class in Grade 8 when he decided to try out acting. That same year he auditioned for an acting for film summer camp that was run by Theatre New Brunswick. “I really loved it and I wanted to do it all the time. Suddenly it kind of became my priority when I had free time and other things didn’t so much and it just went from there. I just got more involved as the years went on.” Even though Tape is his first stab at directing for the stage, O’Toole has directed several films and said it’s more of his speciality. “Directing for film is probably the most artistically rewarding thing that I’ve ever done because you put to life the images and the emotions.” Making it as a film or stage director is no easy task, but that’s something O’Toole hopes to achieve someday. “I would like to make films and work on films. It’s a huge dream and it’s one that’s
very hard to make come true, I guess. I “I’m still trying to improve [and] do the think it’s something that involves a lot of best I can.” luck from what I’ve understood so I’m just “Tape,” starring Becky Forbes, Jake Marhoping that I get lucky. tin and David Otis, shows at Memorial Hall
on UNB campus Nov. 2-5. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $6 for students and $10 for adults.
Ryan O’Toole says stage directing is “challenging but really rewarding at the same time.” Theatre UNB’s production of Stephen Belber’s Tape opens this week at Memorial Hall. (Tom Bateman/AQ)
Follow the Twee
32 Tweeps Twitter virgins
witter was created in March of 2006 by 34-year-old Jack Dorsey. The social networking giant was launched on July 15 at which time only 224 “tweets” were made. According to a tweet made by Twitter on July 15, 2011 - the five-year anniversary of its launch - now, 224 tweets are sent in less than a 10th of a second.
ince becoming wildly popular - currently at 200 million users - Twitter has added some impressive notes to its resume. Some say the tool deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for its help with the uprising in Iran. It’s also been used to help connect homeless people to job opportunities. Others say the Twitter bird has helped them find true love. No matter what people have been using Twitter for, there’s no denying the 140 character allowance has been undeniably useful - that is, if you know how to use it. If you’re a Twitter virgin, @Aquinian is here to help you start up your own account - and learn how to get the most out of it.
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arts Adam Bowie, The Daily Gleaner (@AdamJBowie): Adam is a print journalist/music columnist in Fredericton and is also a Polaris Music Prize/East Coast Music Awards juror.
Ryan (Crash) Barton, Radio Host (@Crashola): Ryan is Fredericton’s mid-day host on 105.3 The Fox and a selfproclaimed comedian. He’s not only hilarious to listen to, but his tweets are quite funny too.
Diane Cole, Arts Reporter (@DianeSCole): A former STU journalism student, Diane knows what’s happening with the New Brunswick music and arts scene. She also takes some amazing photos. Check them out: www.dscphotography.wordpress.com.
Jian Ghomeshi, CBC broadcaster (@jianghomeshi): As host and creator of “Q” on CBC Radio & CBC TV, Jian knows a lot about a lot of things. He’s also a musician, which shows in his interviews.
Lord Voldemort, Fictional character (@LordVoldemort): Whoever is posing as the notorious evil wizard in the beloved Harry Potter series, is hilarious. If you love the books and know them inside out, then this person’s tweets will make you laughout-loud.
Monica Kuebler, Rue Morgue Magazine (@monicaskuebler): During a time when zombies and the apocalypse are the norm, there’s Monica Kuebler’s tweets. She’s managing editor of Canada’s #1 horror magazine,and is writing her own horror novel.
Songwriting Lab, Songwriter community (@SongWriteNews): Aspiring songwriter? Follow the Songwriting Lab for regular tweets on how to improve your skills.
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news Jacques Poitras, CBC Reporter (@poitrasCBC): As CBC’s provincial affairs reporter, Jacques tweets often about New Brunswick politics, even on weekends. He interacts with his readers, often willing to debate back and forth and was a Twitter fixture during the #nbpower4sale days. Jacques was likely the first New Brunswick journalist to truly embrace Twitter.
Dan McHardie, CBC Online Journalist (@mchardie):
Dan is the best follow for breaking news in New Brunswick. As CBC’s web guy, he’s always prepared to break stories fast on CBC.ca. Like Jacques, Dan interacts with his readers Tweet: 140 characters l often and tweets around the clock about know what’s on your min a variety of subjects, including the odd tweet about the Montreal Canadiens. Followers: People who you have to say Kady O’Malley, Parliament Hill Following: People YOU reporter (@kady): they have to say Kady is likely the best source of news for At (@): When you want Parliament Hill on Twitter. If you thought Tweeter, you can prefix t Jacques and Dan tweet a lot, she tweets “@” sign within your twe almost around the clock. Kady offers as alerted you tagged them much insight and analysis as she does Re-Tweet (RT): If you news and is a must-follow for those with good tweet, you can “rean interest in politics. lowers, so that they can Hashtag (#): When you Andrew Coyne, Maclean’s Editor issue you’re tweeting ab (@acoyne): Andrew is on the same find other tweeters who level as Kady for tweeting frequency. same thing What makes him different is that the #FF: This stands for “Fol Maclean’s national editor tweets about suggest to your followers more than news. He’s a great all-around find interesting by tweeti follow. But don’t forget, it’s only
Frednewschaser, News Junkie (@frednewschaser): This anonymous person has his or her ear glued to the police scanner constantly. He or she is always tweeting about breaking news. They’re a must-follow if you’re nosy every time you hear sirens.
Mark McKinnon, Globe & Mail correspondent (@markmackinnon): Mark is the Globe & Mail’s East Asia correspondent and is a treasure trove of re-tweets with news and in-depth stories related to East Asia from around the world.
Nick Moore, CTV News Reporter (@nicky_moore): Former Aquinian editor-in-chief Nick Moore is a CTV reporter covering Fredericton. Nick tweets at all times of the week, with subjects ranging from local news to zombies and coffee.
Shane Magee, AQ’s Production Editor (@smagee29): Our own web and layout editor Shane Magee is a great source for campus and Fredericton news. If you’re interested in student politics, he live tweets students’ union meetings each week. Suspicion is he doesn’t sleep either. Or, he’s built some sort of internet machine to tweet for him while he sleeps. Five bucks to anyone who can prove this theory. compiled by:
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Mark Horvath, Homeless activist (@hardlynormal):
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Anyone can have a Twitter account and Mark Horvath actually uses the social network as an outlet to help others. He travels and tweets about people in need. People read his tweets and help. Horvath has taken tweeting to a whole new, heart-warming level.
Bruce Arthur has taken the mantle long-held by Stephen Brunt of “Best Sportswriter in Canada.” If only Bruce would tweet and Arthur would write a best-selling book then the circle would be complete.
The Onion, Parody news outlet (@TheOnion):
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Weather Network, Weather experts (@wxnetwork_NB):
Paul Bissionette, Phoenix Coyotes (@BizNasty2point0): Generally, athletes are a waste of time on Twitter. They retweet idiot fans asking for re-tweets too much, and offer plenty of “Let’s go!” and “Gotta have it!”’s that clogs a timeline with more junk than an iPod full of Nickelback. And then there’s Paul Bissionette. The Aquinian can’t print some things he says.
Don Cherry, CBC (@DonCherryParody): Okay, it’s not really Grapes. I’m sure the old bat would have as much trouble pronouncing Twitter as Toronto. But this terrific parody account matches Cherry’s tone perfectly, from the allcapitalized tweets to the #thumbsup hashtag.
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Andy Gray, Sports Illustrated (@si_vault): If you’re a sports geek - or a wannabe writer - and don’t spend time on the Sports Illustrated Vault, your status should be revoked. Gray, who runs the Vault, has made his account a treasure trove of great photos and videos.
Chris Jones, Esquire magazine (@MySecondEmpire): Chris is as talented a feature writer alive today; his writing site called Son of a Bold Venture is full of wonderful essays.
Darren Rovell, CNBC (@darrenrovell) :
Want to know what to wear in the morning, whether to pack that umbrella or choose if you should wear boots or flats? Follow the Weather Network’s twitter feed for New Brunswick. Handy for obvious reasons.
While he can come across as a Twitter snob thinking he knows more about a fluid, five-year-old medium than anyone else, nobody brings information on the ever-important world of sports business like Rovell.
Bob Jones, CBC Gas Guru (@cbcjones):
Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports (@WojYahooNBA):
Bob Jones’ tweets are useful for a lot more than just gas prices - I followed him during the #NBPower4sale days and he was helpful explaining the numbers - but follow him and you’ll always be warned of when you should be filling up.
Greg Wyshynski, Yahoo! Sports (@wyshysnki):
Web MD, Online doctor (@WebMD): Web MD tweets about what particular symptoms mean and how to better your lifestyle. It’s a great online resource to have in your pocket.
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Currently the best sports reporter in North America in any sport and does it unassumingly. A true pro.
Yahoo!’s blog network is tremendous, but the best of the best is Puck Daddy, the NHL blog run by Greg Wyshysnki. If there are any snobs out there who are stuck in 2006 and still think that blogs have no journalistic credibility, they can let Wyshynski prove them wrong. Just don’t tweet that fighting should be banned.
@Sean__ONeill Sean O’Neill
In response to “Fight ends Harrington party” Dear Editor, What was written in last week’s article “Fight ends Harrington Party” was unfair towards Harrington Hall and its residents. Yes, the dispute in question was a single incident that transpired during a Harrington house party, but the article didn’t deal with issues of what occurred during the fight. It dealt more so with the house president and Residence Life’s refusal to comment. It didn’t expose the facts of what happened, which left some people disappointed. Though there are many stories circulating about the details of what happened, they are irrelevant to how it was handled. The party was immediately shut down and quiet hours were put into effect. Residents were asked to go to their rooms while RAs and House Committee dealt with the aftermath. The mess in the lounge was immediately cleaned up contrary to the article saying that the lounge “was covered in blood” the following day. Residence Life has since dealt with the issue accordingly. It was unfair to say that house president Caitlin Doiron, “could not explain the events from the night and was hesitant about giving an interview.” We are all aware that the incident occurred and was dealt with. It is unjust to say that Ms. Doiron’s lack of authority to comment on a disciplinary issue is hesitancy to conduct an interview. The article showed the residence in a negative light and fed off of Harrington’s existing bad reputation. The Harrington Raiders are not the drunk, fighting troublemakers that our reputation precedes us to be. It is a wonderful place to live, with its spirited, fun and friendly residents being one of the highlights. It is a close-knit community and it is for this reason that residents return year after year and alumni are known to boast “once a Raider, always a Raider.” The actions of a group of individuals, some of whom do not live in Harrington Hall, should not dictate the reputation of our residence as a whole. Sincerely, Nicola MacLeod, second-year Harrington Hall resident Dear Editor, Harrington was my home last year, if it wasn’t for my desire to eat healthier food that I can cook in my own kitchen I would still be there. Articles like this dishing out bad reputation to the house as a whole disgusts me. Harrington is a great place and given a lot of grief for incidents caused by people who don’t even live in the house. Events that the media can blow out of proportion by choice to write a “good article.” As Bobby was quoted “If you walk the halls of Harrington Hall, you will meet some of the kindest and smartest people at this university. I wanted our reputation to reflect that.” And it’s true and the residents of Harrington really deserve a better reputation. (This letter was originally a comment on a story on theaq.net) Garrett Saulis
Graphic by first-year journalism student Brandon Hicks
Dear Editor, The writer of this article should have told the whole story, it wasn’t a fight. One guy punched a girl from Vanier, her boyfriend got up to do something about it and got grabbed by the collar of the shirt by a third guy (not involved in the incident) as he stood up from his chair and was punched in the face several times repeatedly. The blood came from the guy’s nose and he stumbled around attempting to find an exit. That was no fight that took place but more accurately an unprovoked attack. A sign in policy will not help stop violence at residence socials if the people residing in said residence use violence to solve issues. Harrington is not a bad place, that is not the point, the point is that the facts are not given to the public because it will make Harrington residence seem like violent unreasonable people live there and who would want to go to a social full of people like that? No matter what is said, it seems unfair to blame an entire residence for one person’s lack of reason. And res life did not meet with everyone involved. If you havent noticed by now, I am telling this from my perspective, the guy who got punched. How dare they claim that res life met with everyone involved. I have not been contacted by anyone for anything. This article is a bunch of lies and shields the truth from everyone in an attempt to cover it up so as to avoid any effort of attempting to find justice. If an article of this subject is to be written for public newspapers, the whole story, rather then this poor telling of that nights events, should be written or not published at all. (This letter was originally a comment on a story on theaq.net) Jonathan Daley
Gaddafi’s dead - pass the cotton candy
Peering at a Blackberry, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exclaimed, “Wow! Huh.” This was her unguarded response—before quickly composing herself for the official one—to the news that Muammar Gaddafi, brutal leader of Libya for 42 years, had been killed in his hometown of Sirte. Details of Gaddafi’s Oct. 20 death have been sketchy and vary from the initial claim that he’d been shot fleeing after being dragged from his hideout in a drainage pipe, to subsequent reports that he was taken alive but died of injuries later. Libya’s interim prime minister claimed that shooting broke out as the vehicle carrying Gaddafi left
the scene of his capture and he was shot in the crossfire, dying en route to hospital. Ambulance driver Ali Jaghdoun reported that Gaddafi was already dead when he arrived to retrieve the body. According to Libya’s chief pathologist, the cause of death was gunshot wounds to the head and abdomen. The initial global reaction to news of the dictator’s demise was reminiscent of a scene from “The Wizard of Oz,” everyone rejoicing with the same tune. U.S. President Obama exclaimed, “The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted.” Prime Minister Harper stated, “With the shadow of Gaddafi now lifted from their land, it is our
hope that the Libyan people will find peace and reconciliation.” But as they spoke with dignified restraint, you could almost hear giddy Munchkins and marching bands just off camera, jubilantly joining in song: “Ding dong, the witch is dead.” In Libya, there were celebrations in the streets—a carnival in Tripoli with an inflatable castle and cotton candy for the kiddies. Then, the party poopers began to raise questions about the manner in which Gaddafi died. The United Nations, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International called for an inquiry. So, what’s the big deal? Why should it matter if Gaddafi was shot in the leg, in the back or in the temple? What difference does it make if he was killed running from rebels or in their custody? Well, from a human rights perspective, it makes a big difference.
Under international law, prisoners of war must be treated humanely and protected at all times, even given medical attention if needed. Acts of vengeance against them are prohibited. Gaddafi’s regime was notorious for violating human rights; slaughtering undesirables, enemies and its own citizens; making its own rules. If it’s true that the former leader was executed while in custody—without an opportunity to be defended in a court of law and without the protection afforded him as a prisoner of war—then how is the new regime different from the old? No government, military or individual should be permitted to decide whose rights are worth respecting and whose aren’t. Isn’t that what led to the terrors Libyans have endured for decades? We can argue that the killing of a homicidal dictator by Libya’s
provisional government forces is not a comparable crime to those allegedly committed by Gaddafi, but it is a violent violation of human rights. And this government is yet in its infancy. What else may it have in store in the future for those it considers its enemies? A clue may be found in the decaying bodies of 53 Gaddafi loyalists, discovered in the garden of an abandoned hotel in Sirte on Oct. 22. Some had their hands bound behind their backs. Spent rifle cartridges littered the bloodied grass around them. If an investigation proves that Muammar Gaddafi was the victim of extrajudicial execution, a war crime, then Libya’s post-revolution future doesn’t look promising. When the ding-donging bells fall silent, Libyan citizens may see that the “witch” is indeed dead, but there is no shortage of goblins to carry on his legacy of tyranny and terror.
Students in Chile have been protesting the education system there for months, The AQ’s Viola Pruss caught a glimpse. (Viola Pruss/AQ)
Searching for soul The AQ’s Viola Pruss went to Chile for its bright culture and left having witnessed its reality
y first night, I stayed in a hostel in Provincia, a quiet neighborhood of Santiago de Chile, 15 minutes from the city center. Small supermarkets, family-run restaurants and numerous auto-repair shops compete day and night for customers. The streets smell of oil and fried chicken. In the morning, students linger on the sidewalks of their universities, tugged between residential apartments and corner stores. I was walking to my hostel when I saw them. They came rushing out of a side street like an angry cluster of ants, covered in black hoodies, with bandanas pulled over their mouths and noses. Their eyes were tearing and red from contact with tear gas. Some were laughing and screaming, others rushing by in silence, their eyes cast into the distance. Taking cover in my hostel, I watched them proceed up and down the streets, shouting and tossing stones at police cars and policemen, who kept them at a distance with water cannons. After halfan-hour, the protesters moved on, taking the demonstration to another place or another day. Within minutes the sun filtered through the fog of tear gas, the shop owners put away quickly placed iron chains from their doors and business returned to the streets. Until that morning, I didn’t even know the protests existed. *** I travelled to Chile in June, 2011, to backpack the country for a month. It was the beginning of winter, a time when few tourists visit. The smog in the cities worsens, the temperatures fall below zero degrees at night and, at the time, volcanic eruption made it impossible to travel to the southern part of Chile. South America is best known for its richness in music, dance and its lifestyle. The culture expresses a loud and temperamental love of life and freedom. Unlike other South American countries, Chile is relatively safe, its economy stable and a flight to Santiago was the cheapest option. It was my first visit to the continent and I knew little of its people.
*** In the five months since the education protests began in Chile, thousands of students have marched through the capital’s streets and other major cities. At times, up to 100,000 people demonstrated, occuping dozens of schools and universities around the country and forced hundreds more to stop holding classes. The sight of school entrances barricaded in chairs and chains and students taking guard inside has become commonplace. The popularity of the president is its lowest level since he took office last year. At the heart of their protests is a perception that Chile’s education system gives wealthy students access to some of the best schools in South America, while poor students are stuck in an under-funded, state-regulated education system. Many of the demonstrations end in violent clashes between students and police officers. *** Chile is commonly known for its beautiful and diverse countryside. In the east, the Andes mountain
chain stretches from the southern tip of Patagonia to the northern borders of Peru and Bolivia. Along the South Pacific Ocean, small fishing villages sell fresh sea food and lobster. Sea lions and pelicans continuously argue over left overs from seafood stalls at the market. Further down lies Patagonia, in its center is a vast plateau descending from the Andes towards the Pacific with distant horizons, river valleys and remote lakes. At its southern tip, Tierra del Fuego, the ice fields and granite peaks of the Andes touch with the rugged Atlantic coast. It is home to elephant seals, Magellan penguins and whales that gather to breed. The Atacama Desert in the far north of Chile is one of the most barren places in the world, a depression covering over 3,000 kilometers, it holds Chile’s greatest saline deposit. The Salt Flats are a waste-land, rough and stained and covered in white dust. Here, a few small lagoons are home to pink Flamingos, living off the shrimp found in the salty waters. At night, the lights of millions of stars shine over the desert, making Chile one of the few places on Earth where the Milky Way is visible to the naked eye.
Someone looking to find the famous South American culture, however, will be at a loss. Chile’s bigger cities and towns are displays of a working class country, the grey buildings seldom reward a traveller’s patience after a long day of exploration. Santiago’s center is conservative and colourless, the bleak towers of the financial district towering over the national monuments and museums. Other big cities consist of old, rugged buildings stuck together like mismatched pieces of a puzzle. In the winter, famous tourist beaches and seaside towns become littered and dull. People rarely smile and their frowning faces suspiciously glance at foreigners the further they sway off the beaten tourist track. Without proper knowledge of the language, communication is difficult. *** After three weeks exploring the northern parts of Chile, and one week spent in a rainy, run-down seaside town, I was overcome by travel fatigue. My time in Chile was coming to an end; I explored the country’s natural beauty as far as my budget allowed and my excitement on South American culture had turned into disappointment. My
Graffiti done by students in Chile who have been protesting for a better education system. (Viola Pruss/AQ)
last stop was a naval port city close to Santiago de Chile. Valparaiso is draped over a set of three-dozen hills. A number of labyrinthine roads and steep staircases connect the lower commercial city center and harbor with an array of colorful, bohemian-style houses. Beautiful graffiti art distracts from run-down and narrow streets. Crisscrossing electric wires contrast with the blue ocean painted on the horizon between the houses. It was the most intriguing and unique city I saw throughout my trip—the closest to my cultural expectations yet. On Saturday, July 14, I was high up in the hills of the city when I heard the protests erupting in the streets. It was the sound of a hundred car horns, a strangely melodic orchestra of hoots and trumpets that travelled over the rooftops of the city. A few minutes later, a man began to sing in a park nearby, his voice mixing with the choir of the cars. It ended as abruptly as it began. But I felt the call. I needed to see the protests. By the time I got downtown, the procession had moved on. Papers cluttered the sidewalks, graffiti coloured the buildings, writings on solidarity and freedom, on better education critizing the government. When I finally found them, they had pushed back their hoodies and bandanas and sat on the side of the road. They sunk their teeth into lemons to ease the pain of the tear gas burning in their lungs. A rock band gave a concert on the street. Some danced to the music, while others performed tricks to entertain their friends. They cried and laughed and talked. A few streets down the road some policemen were still fighting with a last group of protesters. A car burned beside them, yellow flames licking the sky. There was a cracking of burned steel and beating drums and the sound of pounding feet on hot asphalt. Amidst all this confusion and chaos, I wondered if perhaps I had found what I was looking for.
One is (not) the loneliest number
A revelation for the introverts: you’re not as weird as everyone thinks
A couple years ago, while in polite conversation, a friend at work asked me what I had done the night before. I told him I’d gone out for coffee. “Who’d you go with?” he asked. “No one,” I told him. His eyebrows lifted and scrunched. His eyes became soft and he lowered his voice. “Why didn’t you just call me?” he asked in a patronizing tone. “I would have gone with you.” But I didn’t want to go with him; I didn’t want to go with anyone. I wanted to go by myself. But he just didn’t get it. I feel awkward at parties so I usually avoid them, I don’t like running with a partner, and I find movies more enjoyable when I go to the theatre by myself. I thought maybe I was a little weird, maybe I was predisposed to depression or else I was just really socially awkward. That was until this summer when a friend referred me to an article: “Caring for your introvert” by Jonathan Rauch in Atlantic Magazine. Suddenly, my world became clear. My name is Lauren and I’m an introvert. Phew, it feels good to get that off
my chest. But I learned a couple important things from the article I would like to share with you: “Introverts,” writes Rauch, “are people who find other people tiring...
For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating.” About 25 to 40 per cent of the general population is introverted. So chances are, you or someone you know is an introvert. On the other hand, most politicians are extroverts. “Extroverts therefore dominate public life,” writes Rauch. But while extroverts enjoy a glamorous social life, introverts “are
described with words like ‘guarded,’ ‘loner,’ ‘reserved,’ ‘taciturn,’ ‘selfcontained,’ ‘private’—narrow, ungenerous words, words that suggest emotional parsimony and smallness of personality.” Yes, we like to be alone. But that doesn’t mean we’re misanthropic or shy or cold or socially awkward or a hermit. It just means that hanging out with people, no matter how great they are,
Introverts make up 25 to 40 per cent of the general population (Tom Bateman/AQ)
is tiring. It’s more of an effort for an introvert to be socially “on” all of the time. Did you know that most actors describe themselves as introverted? This is especially interesting considering a lot of introverts feel as though they’re acting when they attend parties. I’ve been there. I went to party for a friend this summer; I lasted about an hour, not for lack of trying though. “Oh man. I love my dogs more than anything in the world,” one girl screamed to another who loved her dogs even more. “I just spent $600 dollars on my dog’s vet bill, he’s my best friend in the whole world,” she screamed back. Sometimes these conversations keep going until it feels like the crescendo that ends the Beatles Day in the Life is playing in the background, and I start to wonder if I’m going mad. Or whether anyone sees me at all. Then I realize I’m kind of happy they don’t. Do I hate dogs? No. Is there anything wrong with this conversation? No. Do you have to be deep and introspective all the time? Absolutely not, even the ocean has a shore. Maybe you’re an introvert. Take a deep breath because we’re going to be okay. Maybe you realize you know an introvert; take compassion on them, don’t take them out to lunch.
drastic to alter it, like a crash diet or extreme exercise. And none of those things add up to a healthy lifestyle. If you’re struggling with your body image, try a few exercises every day that will help alter your way of thinking. Before or after a shower, take a good hard look at your body. If the little voice in your head starts to say nasty things like, “Oh, your thighs are too fat,” shut it up by thinking about how strong your legs are for carrying you. Switch your negative thoughts to positive ones. Try doing this for every body part you hate. Personally, I’m not a fan of how big my hips are but, instead of focusing on their size, I focus on how easy it’ll be to pop out some babies later in life. With a positive image now replacing my negative thoughts, I’m changing my self-esteem to love the body I was given - and I’m pretty sure that shows. Another trick is to pamper yourself. One night, give your feet a really good massage. While you’re kneading your
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If you’ve been reading my column, you’ve picked up a few tips that will help you eat healthier and shed a few pounds. But I couldn’t possibly write a healthy living column if I didn’t outline the importance of mental health, more specifically, body image. If you’re trying to lose weight or if you ever look in the mirror, chances are you already have an idea of what your body looks like or how you want your body to look. And that’s great. I’m all about self-awareness. However, this self-awareness can turn ugly if you only see yourself in a negative light. Healthy living is not only what you eat and how many times you work out, it’s also about how you feel physically and especially mentally. Why would you bust your butt in the gym if every time you looked in the mirror you projected images of hate and self-loathing onto your body? That hate will mess with your self-esteem, which can lead to some nasty repercussions. If you continue to see your body in a negative way, you might try something
arches, think of all the places you’ve traveled thanks to your feet. Or go for a well-deserved massage. I doubt you’ll hate your body after a relaxing 45 minute, deep tissue rub down. Buy some new jewelry, indulge in a fruity shower gel or borrow an item of clothing from a friend you’ve been dying to wear. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you feel comfortable and happy doing so. I heard a great quote the other day that went something like this: “If you talked to your friends the way you talk to your body, you’d have no friends left.” This quote says everything I’ve been trying to get across. Think of your best friend. Do you really notice when he or she puts on five pounds? I doubt it. And chances are they don’t see when you gain a little weight either. Your friends see you in a positive light and true friends always try to find the best in you. So like them, you should value your mind and body as high as they do. True friends don’t care if you haven’t reached your goal weight; if they really love you they want you to be happy. Shouldn’t you want that for yourself too? So here’s my plea to you: If you value the way you look, value the way you think. If you think you look beautiful, others will begin to think it as well.
The power of reflection
Circle of Mirrors
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Life on the inside
Social work student Ronald Stevens has seen the dark and found the light
Ronald Stevens turned his life after he found God while serving a five-year sentence in prison. (Tom Bateman/AQ) Anthony Peter-Paul The Aquinian
Ronald Stevens had a disagreement with Wayne earlier that night, but this time it was serious. Stevens became excited and angrier as he approached Wayne. The two squared off, face-toface in the middle of the street. “This is to the death,” said Wayne. Stevens agreed. Earlier that night, a 13-year-old girl entered the kitchen crying with cuts around her eyes. “What happened?” asked Stevens. “Wayne hit me, I was only trying to calm him down.” “Where is he?” demanded Stevens. After a night of heavy drinking and pill popping, an intoxicated Stevens set out to find Wayne. Stevens approached him and delivered the first blow. It struck Wayne in the face and knocked him on his back. Stevens got on top, delivering blows to Wayne’s face and torso. He lifted himself up and took his sweater off as Wayne lay there. Then, he returned for more.
He began kneeing and elbowing him while punching and kicking his face. He stomped on his head with both feet. After Stevens felt Wayne had enough, he rolled his body off the road and into a 15-foot gutter. Two days later, sitting in remand awaiting court, Stevens realized the severity of his actions after reading the disclosure on the case. When Wayne was lying in the gutter he was belly down. One of his nostrils stayed above the water allowing him to breathe until he was found that morning. Wayne was in a coma on life support. He suffered two broken cheekbones, a broken jaw, six broken ribs on his left side, a broken elbow, leg, and a dislocated shoulder. When he woke from his coma, doctors discovered Wayne had lost 30 per cent of his vision in his left eye. *** During Stevens’ early teens, he felt he had to prove himself in Eskasoni to the bigger guys. He had to be hard to survive on Nova Scotia’s largest First Nation Reserve. Stevens was a smaller
boy, but he had to make up for it by challenging anybody, regardless of size. At 15 years old, Stevens returned home where he found his mother crying at the kitchen table. “Last night I waited for you and your brothers all night, it’s my birthday,” she said. Stevens and his brothers either forgot or didn’t care. She then told her sons she had breast cancer and six months to live. Stevens held his emotions back; he didn’t hug her or look her in the eyes. “If that isn’t cold, then what is?” Stevens said in an interview. A few months later his mother was admitted to the hospital where she could receive daily treatment. She wanted Stevens there daily so they could spend time together before she passed. But he was too involved in drugging and rarely visited his mother. One day, an uncle of Stevens picked him up and told him they had to go to the hospital immediately. Stevens told himself that this time he’d tell his mom he loved her.
He saw a shooting star on the way to the hospital. When he got there, she was dead. ••• After 10 months in remand, the Crown and Stevens’ defense lawyer agreed on a five-year sentence for assault. The 10 months he spent in jail awaiting trial was not deducted from the sentence. His first six weeks in Springfield penitentiary were scary. The Native Brotherhood was at war with Spryfield Celtics. A Spryfield soldier stabbed and killed a member of the Native Brotherhood. The institution was locked down for weeks. For Stevens, prison was home. He feels that life on the inside is similar to life in Eskasoni. You must defend yourself and not back down from unimaginable odds. Deaths and suicides were just part of life in both places. Three-and-a-half years into his sentence, he made it to the Westmorland Institution, a minimum-security prison. An inmate approached Stevens and told him hot girls were coming to the
institution to do missionary work. Stevens saw this as an opportunity to find a pen pal. He met a Christian girl and began a conversation. “She was so happy. To her nothing in the world mattered, she had no worries. She was just so happy.” Stevens never experienced this kind of happiness. “I wanted it, and I craved it.” “If you want what I got, just raise your hand in the air to Jesus,” the girl said. For a joke, Stevens raised both of his hands. That night in his cell, Stevens thought about the girl and how happy she was. “If only I could be that happy.” He shut off his light, kneeled on the floor facing the bunk and clasped his hands and said, “You got one chance with me God.” Suddenly, a warm sensation entered his body. It started at his head, passed through his body and exited through his feet. “I was totally convinced, without a shadow of doubt, that God and Jesus was real.” He then wanted to get an education, become a social worker, and help youth who went through the same struggles. “Everything, all the trouble, all the pain, it was all for a reason. It was for that moment in time, for that feeling.” ••• The walls of his bachelor apartment are covered with diplomas and certificates for completing Bible studies. Stacks of daily devotionals fill his dresser. A Scarface poster with Tony Montana brandishing a machine gun is pinned to the wall, next to an “Amazing Grace” plaque. Stevens is now in his third-year of university, majoring in social work. Stevens still fights his “demands.” He has slips. About once every month, he abuses alcohol and cocaine. He prays every night; he asks the Holy Spirit to show him the way. He says without daily prayer, “I will end up following the old way. “I will always believe in the word of the Lord. He has stuck with me through my toughest times, so I will stick with him through my best.”
Masturbation: It’s not an all boys club I am a self-proclaimed podcast junkie. I listen to all kinds of them, but one of my favourites is called “Stuff Mom Never Told You.” Recently, they did a twopart series on masturbation that has inspired me to broach this taboo little topic myself. It’s no secret that guys like to get rather acquainted with themselves – it starts somewhere in the early teenage years
and continues, well, up until death for a lot of men. The thing I don’t understand is why it’s normal for men to be open about their masturbation and for women it’s hush-hush. Now, I don’t think anyone should run around exclaiming to the world they touch themselves – that would be really awkward and kind of unsettling. But I do think it’s time for it to be just as
acceptable for girls to do it as it is for guys, enough of this taboo business. A common misconception about masturbation, especially female masturbation, is that you do it because you’re lonely and have no other outlet to express yourself sexually. This is false. On the contrary, many women who let their hands wander south of the border often report having better, more satisfying sexual experiences with a partner. This, in my mind, makes total sense. It’s not like self-exploration should ever be a dirty act. Getting better acquainted with yourself should be more of a learning experience than a dirty one. It’s often hard enough for a partner to figure out
what gets you going, so if you don’t know either, imagine how much guess work will be involved. Trial and error is fine, and could even be fun, but it can also get very frustrating very quickly. Women who masturbate often report having a better self-image as well. The way I see it, if you don’t want to touch you, why should someone else want to touch you? Being in touch with your sexuality is a big part of being a truly happy and healthy individual. It may sound silly and it can definitely be embarrassing to talk about, but isn’t it worth a try considering so many ladies have a negative self-image? Besides the fact that it feels good,
masturbation also has many more conventional benefits. For starters, like sex, masturbation reduces stress. Dopamine and endorphins are released causing that happy, everything is fine feeling. For the ladies, masturbation may also relieve menstrual cramps as a result of the hormones released during an orgasm. Furthermore, masturbation can help with your insomnia. Just like you feel the urge to sleep after having sex with your partner, masturbation will lower your blood pressure and induce relaxation making it much easier to fall asleep. Certainly sounds much more appealing than popping some melatonin or drinking a warm glass of milk, doesn’t it?
Can Fredericton sustain an NBL team? Philip Drost The Aquinian
The National Basketball League of Canada has just come into existence and Fredericton wants in. A group of local investors is attempting to bring Fredericton its own NBL team. The question is, would Fredericton be able to support a professional basketball franchise? It may be possible, but like any goal, there are obstacles. Business and corporate support as well as fan support, can cause problems when starting a franchise. “If you are going to take a leap at something like this you probably need about $250,000 of start-up capital,” said former MLA Kelly Lamrock, who is heading up the local investors group. As a way to promote the idea, Lamrock and Saint John Millrats General Manager Ian McCarthy organized a pre-season game between two current NBL teams, the Saint John MillRats and the Quebec Kebs, in Fredericton at the new Currie Center, which took place on Oct.23. The hosting Millrats lost in this
exhibition game 108-89, but still put on a good show. “The cooperate community wasn’t there the way we hoped, but a lot of that was because sometimes selling a Saint John team in Fredericton is tough. The label is different than it would be for a Fredericton team.,” Lamrock said. Jaren Jackson, an NBA champion and current head coach of the MillRats, had nothing but praise for the 500 fans that showed up. “The crowd was great,” he said. “They were rowdy, they were into it. It was exciting to see the people come out.” As Lamrock said, if it had been a Fredericton team playing, the turnout may have been even larger for corperate and fans alike. The last time Fredericton had a professional team in its area was in 1999, but since then it has had no pro level team to cheer for. A Fredericton NBL team would provide competitive basketball of which all of Fredericton could come together to support. “It would make the folks here in
Fredericton appreciate the sport at the pro level,” said Jackson, who has experienced the city of Saint John come out and support his team. “Having a team here would be awesome.” So how soon would Fredericton be able to have its own team? “Possibly as early as next season,” said the NBL’s director of communications. Lamrock thinks its possible as soon a next year, but there are a few things to watch out for. “The big thing for us is watching the fate of the new Maritime teams... If Moncton and Summerside can make it then that’s very promising to investors. “So those two teams hold the key for Fredericton’s possibilities of success. If a place like Moncton can come together to support their own franchise, Fredericton has a very strong shot at its very own as well.” Until then, basketball lovers in Fredericton will have to wait. Fans will have to travel to Saint John or Moncton to get their professional basketball fix.
Saint John Mill-Rats played an exhibition game at the Currie Center, raising questions of whether Fredericton can host their own team. (Submitted)
Has the gentleman side of sports disappeared?
There’s nothing like a good “get in the hole” bellow from a fan when a golfer hits his 35 foot putt for par. I often find myself asking, “What’s happened to the gentleman side of these sports?” when I watch golf and tennis. The idiocy of the fans, as well as the players, makes me question if the gentleman side of sports has begun to disappear. But, on the other hand, both these sports still show the strong tendencies that made them gentleman-like sports in the first place. Let’s start with golf. The “get in the
hole” shout has to be the most overused catchphrase in sports. But the more you think about it, the more you realize how obscure it is. The part that gets me the most about it is when a fan shouts “get in the hole” when the player is standing on the tee on a par 5, 550 yard hole. Seriously, how is he going to get it in the hole from 550 yards away? There’s a reason you’re in the gallery, pal and you’re proving it with your lunatic outbursts. And then we have fans throwing
hot-dogs at players after being inspired to do so by a movie. Really? A movie inspired you to throw a hot-dog at Tiger Woods? Then there is tennis - more specifically women’s tennis. I’m at the stage now where I rarely watch women’s tennis because I have better things to do with my time than listen to two women compete over who can shriek the loudest. Also, since when did tennis become a game of who can cause more destruction to their racket? I must admit though, one thing that made me smile every time was seeing Marat Safin absolutely annihilate his racket when he makes a mistake. If you’re going to destroy your racket, you may as well do it with style - and that he did.
Just don’t do it the way Mikhail Youzhny once did in Toronto; it has to be an unwritten law not to use your own forehead as the destruction point. Yet despite the above gentleman flaws, these sports do still remain rooted in their gentleman aspects. No matter what happened on the course or court, you’ll see the participants shake hands at the end of the game. And to add some more gentleman feel to it, they even remove their caps in the process - well most of them do - yes, Andy Roddick, I’m looking at you. Golfers will admit their mistakes, such as nudging their ball when addressing it. Or how about when a player calls a penalty on himself after the wind blows the ball as he addresses it, which ultimately cost them a tournament, as happened
to Webb Simpson earlier this year. And if your playing partner doesn’t see you take a shot, you’ll have the courtesy to let them know that they need to add a shot to your score. Tennis tends to somewhat maintain its gentleman side as well. Whether it’s the courtesy to wait for your opponent to be ready to receive a serve or the small hand apology you give when you hit a shot that bounces off the net for a winner, tennis demonstrates that it too belongs in the gentleman realm of sports. It’s safe to say that tennis and golf have been polluted by non-gentleman aspects, but their roots still revolve around the gentleman side of things. It’s just always a question of which way they’ll tip next.
Women’s rugby chase another title
The STU men’s soccer team lost 1-0 in the semi-finals of the ACAA Soccer Championships to the hosts UNBSJ. (Submitted/STU athletics department)
The STU women’s rugby team is after a championship banner – again. After last year’s 39-0 win against Mount Allison in the final game, the Tommies are looking to capture another Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association championship at home this Sunday. The team placed first in the league, guaranteeing a spot in the finals. At the time of publication, the team’s opponent was not announced. The semi-final game between Mount Allison and Nova Scotia Agricultural College was set for Oct. 30 at 3 p.m., but was postponed due to inclement weather. Sherry Doiron, the team’s head coach, said the preparation process for a championship game can be difficult. “One of the biggest things to happen to us this year was to lose a game. And I think that – it kind of sounds funny, the coach saying this – I think it’s a great thing to happen. I think sometimes people get caught up in being undefeated. To lose a game is to be humbled
and to want it more and to develop that hunger again.” This is Doiron’s fourth season with the STU team. She said her goal in coaching is to teach her athletes to think strategically and not be afraid of making mistakes. “In life you have to become a thinker and a problem solver, and so I really try to spend a lot of time empowering my athletes to be able to think through their problems.” The team has been doing a lot of mental rehearsal and sports psychology along with their daily practices and fitness training. They’ve also been analyzing their game with video sessions to note what areas needs more work and what’s going on with their opponents. “The two weeks affords us the opportunity to do a lot of work, and it’s a lot of work. We didn’t get an extra couple of days off because we won – we’re actually working harder during this period of time.” The ACAA women’s rugby finals are on Sunday at 1 p.m. at College Field.
Twitter’s real purpose
If you read the centrespread in this edition of the paper and are still not convinced that joining Twitter is worth your time, hopefully this piece will bring you to the light. Or you’ll take this piece of paper and throw it in your nearest garbage bin and throw a lit match in it. Either way, if you haven’t figured out, Twitter is the best news feed on the internet today; an accessible conversation with anybody at any time; a vessel to promote your work and expose it to a larger audience; and an impromptu amateur comedy club that tells funnier jokes than Jay Leno has in 19 years hosting The Tonight Show. But during the St. Louis Cardinals’
dramatic 10-9, 11-inning victory over the Texas Rangers in game six of the World Series, one random tweet popped up that described what Twitter can be in times like these. When the pendulum swings back and forth between both teams and the lead changes more than the color of leaves between September and November, Patrick Sullivan, who authors the Red Sox blog Over The Monster, said it perfectly: @PatrickSull: Twitter is the greatest sports bar imaginable. Love you all. When David Freese, on his last strike, smashed the ball over Nelson Cruz in right field to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, my timeline
immediately had 35 tweets pending all of which were two or three words long. It was instantaneous reaction to extending the game and series. The same thing happened when Josh Hamilton restored the Rangers lead in the 10th with a two-run moonshot. Ditto Lance Berkman’s single into centre to take the game to 11 innings. And when Freese came back up in the bottom of the 11th and -- on his last strike, again -- blasted the World Series to game seven there was an electronic avalanche of instant emotion. Remember when Sidney Crosby scored the Olympic winner and television cameras zoomed to every bar in the country exploding? Recall the mash of images of the bars -- including one with Jack Layton -- jumping for joy? Take that unbridled happiness and throw it on the internet. What human beings, not just sports
Results: fans, need at the end of the day is a sense of community. We want to know that there are people out there who feel and think like us and want the same thing. And there we all were, in the same portal, separated by thousands of miles, but united by a laptop on our stomach and a baseball game on TV. The same thing will happen during awards shows, elections and breaking news stories. While this game was battling the 2005 Champions League Final, Super Bowl XLIII and the 2007 Fiesta Bowl for the title of Best Game of the Last Ten Years, the best seat in the house didn’t reside in Busch Stadium or at a public gathering in Missouri or Texas. It was in a living room, dorm room, basement or friend’s house and only a computer was needed. And we have the rest of you to thank for doing the same thing and making it such a blast. Love you all.
Men’s Basketball University of Maine 63 STU 85 STU 87 SMCC 72 Women’s Basketball STU 84 Southern Maine 39 Men’s Hockey STU 3 SMU 4 STU 6 St.FX 4
Upcoming: Nov.2 Women’s Basketball
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New Tommies TV to stream STU hockey games online
South Gym 6 p.m.
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St. Thomas University is now offering the chance to watch men’s and women’s hockey from the comfort of your own home. With the set-up of “Tommies TV,” the games are now being streamed live online through the Tommies own ustream channel. “We think that by broadcasting and streaming home games, we can build the profile of those two teams, especially for potential recruits, parents of existing players, or fans from away,” said Jeffrey Carleton, director of communications at STU. Carleton said most other teams in the AUS already have streaming capabilities for their teams, but STU is a little late getting in on the action. “We were the only team that didn’t have live streaming,” he said. Former STU radio personality Randy Corey will be providing commentary on STU home games. With only a handful of games being broadcasted so far, Carleton
says each game has had over 200 unique viewers, composing of what he suspects to be a combination of alumni, parents and fans. “We’re pleased with the results so far,” he said. And the university has yet to promote Tommies TV, so Carleton expects to see an increase in online viewers over time. “As we move forward now, we’ll start to promote Tommies TV a little more intently,” he said. Currently, the broadcasts are restricted to just men’s and women’s hockey games, but Carleton says the department will look to expand to other sports as they grow more accustomed to the technology. “We started with hockey because it was a natural fit,” he said. Carleton has been told by both the men’s and women’s hockey coaches that the technology will also help drastically with recruiting. The broadcasts are currently only viewable in standard definition, but Carleton says the capability to stream in HD is there, but they have
Men’s Basketball MTA @ STU South Gym 8 p.m. Nov.4 Men’s Hockey UPEI @ STU LBR 7 p.m. Nov.5
If you couldn’t make it to Sunday’s women’s hockey game, you could have watched it live online. (Tom Bateman/AQ) to thoroughly check their software before the move. With next year’s move to the Grant Harvey Centre for men and women’s hockey fast approaching, Carleton sees Tommies TV being even more successful next season. “The lighting will be better, the facility will be better…so we very much see everything we do in the
Men’s Cross Country
LBR as a learning curve leading up to our new facility,” he said. And Carleton says something like this that cost so little will only help the university out in the long run. “The end result being that at a minimal cost we’ve learned a new technology that we can use in athletics and other parts of the university’s operations,” Carleton said.
Women’s Cross Country
Women’s Hockey SMU @ STU LBR 4 p.m. Men’s Hockey STU @ UDEM 7 p.m. Nov.6 Women’s Hockey St. FX @ STU LBR 2 p.m. Women’s Volleyball USA @ STU South Gym 11 a.m. Men’s Volleyball USA @ STU South Gym 1 p.m. Women’s Basketball CU @ STU South Gym 3 p.m. Men’s Basketball
The men’s cross country team finished 6th at the AUS Championships held at Odell Park. The men ran 10 km instead of the usual eight km for the championships. (Shane Magee/AQ)
The women’s cross country team posted a 5th place overall finish in their AUS Championships held at Odell Park. Kyla Tanner was STU’s top finisher. (Shane Magee/AQ)
CU @ STU South Gym 5 p,.m.
Nicole Pozer is a residence advisor in Vanier Hall. She decorated her room with her own artwork, and uses warm colours to create a soothing atmosphere. If you have a unique dorm room you want to share, contact Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Tom Bateman/AQ)
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Cafe Loka, 343 York St. I’ve always been one to root for the underdog. From the moment I started working in a kitchen, I was at the bottom of the barrel. Cafe Loka reminds me of an underdog with a heart of gold. It’s located where Cedar Tree Cafe used to be on York, across from the liquor store. Blink and you’ll miss this wonderful new location. What it’s like: Once I found it, I noticed the specials board outside. This is important as Cafe Loka is not located directly downtown, so it attracted me right away. The kitchen and dining room are open concept and this created an intimate atmosphere and homestyle feel. How it tasted: I am a panini fanatic by nature, so I was delighted to see many sandwich options. The Montreal smoked meat panini, side salad and maple dressing was just the kick I needed to start my afternoon. The salad was surprising - I had never thought to make a maple flavor for a salad. How I was treated: The service seemed to stem from a family-type organization. The kitchen was very small but the older women seemed to really enjoy their jobs and it seemed to motivate the rest of the staff. I left with a smile on my face and made sure they knew I would be back. How much? The sandwiches were the most expensive menu item and much like the Cedar Tree you’re not going to pay over $12. It’s a good deal for a great coffee and lunch. It’s worth your time so check it out, and don’t forget to tip your bartender!
Arte Mechante: A Character Satire by Dylan Sealy
Call me Bukowski: A handy guide to getting and keeping beautiful women I believe it was the great poet Charles Bukowski who once said, “My God, I hate women.” (Citation not needed, juss’ truss’ me.) Personally, I’m partial to the opposing gender, given their ability to prove to my father that I’m straight. But Mr. Bukowski has a way of woo that cannot be discounted (the Mechante family doesn’t do discounts). There is much us fellows (and ladies, as I’m not one to judge in a public format) can learn from Bukowski’s ways when it comes to capturing the attention of the ladies. Here are a couple handy tips I’ve learned through research into summaries of the dear writer’s works: 1. Be cold and aloof: “He will be charming, incisive, original” (the genius, Bukowski). There is a well-known statistic which states that over 100 per cent of women are seeking approval from the males in their lives in the same way they sought it from their father. Like a good paternal figure, you can drink away the hours that they spend talking to you, appearing disinterested. This will keep them talking in an attempt to pique your interest. 2. Point out their flaws: “A woman, a/tire that’s flat, a/disease, a/desire…” (the shoelace, Bukowski). During their search for your approval, it’s going to become very apparent what it is your female friends are insecure about. You’re going to want to pay very close attention to such clues, then go on at length about their flaws around a group of your friends. This lowers their self-esteem and when it reaches an all-time-low, they’re going to be much less likely to leave you. 3. Always be looking/talking/thinking at/with/of other women: “I wonder what she’s doing/now?”/“Probably engaging in oral/copulation…” (song, Bukowski). When competition arises over a piece of property, people are willing to lower their standards to make sure they “win.” You, plebian, are that property. If your female friend thinks that other women want to obtain you, she’ll hold you much closer (as nothing fills the empty like a flesh wrap with extra desire sauce - not that I ever suffer from that sort of thing! Ha!) 4. Be indignant: “Real women/they have not forgotten,/bowing and smiling” (The Japanese Wife, Bukowski). By this, of course, I mean being disagreeable in every situation. There are two reasons for this method. When you do something for your lady-friend, then pretend you don’t care (and/ or seem very displeased that you did it), you seem modest. This also makes it seem like doing things for them is hard on you and thus more worthwhile each rare occasion that you do. The other plus of this method is that the women-folk will think it’s impossible to make you happy, so they will try much harder to prove themselves. This means much surprise sex and having ladies do things for you that you’d rather not do for yourself (like having any contact with your own genitalia). Bonus tip: Only focus on yourself. By being completely fixated on numero uno, the ladies will know that you’re great, otherwise you wouldn’t be spending so much time thinking about yourself. If you were slick enough to catch all that, slugger, you now have Arte Mechante Guarantee™ that you won’t necessarily be alone forever.